Welcome to the 345th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- There have been a lot of questions lately about how to browse incognito in browsers. We decided to do a deep dive and find out what it really is. You can read our analysis here and see if Incognito Mode actually protects you from anything other than other people with your phone.
- Three years ago, Google Maps was removed from Apple Watch in favor of Apple Maps. This week, the world’s most popular navigation app made its triumphant return to the platform. It’s not as powerful as Apple Maps. However, it is one of the few and valuable real alternatives to Apple’s navigation app in this space.
- Samsung has added a new module to its Good Lock application. The new module allows you to create custom live wallpapers. It’s a pretty simple function. Choose a base image and then add effects and motion to get the desired effect. However, it is a free product for Samsung owners who use Good Lock. It is called Wonderland in case you want to check it out and you can enter the Samsung Galaxy Store.
- Google’s new phone app was a big deal when it first came out a while ago. This week, Google announced it would reach more devices outside of just pixels. Additionally, its Verified Caller feature is available to users in select countries, including the United States, Brazil, India, Mexico, and Spain. Click on the link to find out more.
- PUBG Mobile is looking to return to India after its ban some time ago. The mobile game shut down Tencent to lose the Chinese app tag and return to that country’s Play Store. The responsible company is PUBG Corporation and future updates are handled by the South Korean video game company Bluehole. The developers hope the game will be banned in India.
Price: Free to play
Bella Villa is a free match-three game with fashion game elements. Players progress from level to level by solving match-three puzzles and then follow the storyline as they progress. The game boasts thousands of levels, a house you can decorate and build as you play, a true story, and some unlockable as you go. It’s definitely something a little different in the match-three space even if its free price tag gets in the way at times.
Price: Free / $ 5.99 per month / $ 19.99 per year
SlideScan is an app for digitizing old photographs. The app allows you to scan old slides. Then apply auto photo editing magic and you are free to share or archive them wherever you want. It works quite well. Put the slide in front of something with a backlight so the camera can see what’s on it. The app then scans the image, applies some automatic improvements, and that’s it. The app worked well during our tests, but some people had trouble focusing it on the slide, and thus some images came out blurry. The only thing we don’t like is that this is a subscription service for some reason. We recommend paying for a month when you are ready to scan your slides and then canceling when you’re done.
Lord of heroes
Price: Free to play
Lord of Heroes is a new RPG for mobile devices and it seems people have enjoyed it a lot so far. The story isn’t anything special, but it’s well executed and the mobile RPG elements feel relatively right for free-to-play players. Google Play’s description of this is also quite interesting. It’s a message from the game director and talks about the desire to make the game fun and not a hindrance in your life. We’ve only been testing it for a while, but this one holds a lot of promise for a free mobile RPG.
Price: Free / $ 20
Yuka is not the latest app on the block, but it was recently launched in the US. In Europe, it’s a reasonably popular health app with a simple premise. Scan the barcodes and the app literally tells you if the item is good or bad for you. It’s a bit broad so there isn’t a lot of context. However, if you scan a vegetable, the app says it’s good and if you scan a soda, the app says it’s bad. So it gets the basics right on the list. The premium version is pretty expensive as simple as the app is, but we assume it’s probably pretty expensive to keep a database for all of these things.
Price: Free to play
Runelords Arena is a turn-based strategy game with some RPG elements. Players collect and level up heroes, group them into teams of five, and face off against other players. It mostly focuses on the PvP aspect of things, but there are other things you can do. For example, there’s an inactive game element where you get loot even when you’re not playing a campaign mode and a few other game modes. It’s decent enough, but we thought the English translation was a little bad and the campaign story is a bit unimaginative. You are definitely here for the PvP stuff if you decide to give it a try.
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